<br /> Lee Letter: n888

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Philip Mazzei

“Of your patriotism, and ability to serve America, I have no doubt, and
have so spoken to my friends in Congress, but whilst I was last in
Virginia all the appointments were filled up &


Transcription, microfilm, Mazzei Papers, Library of Congress. In the hand
of Philip Mazzei.

1 Mazzei had written to Lee August 25, 1777, offering to serve America abroad
in some unspecified capacity. Lee’s response does not survive, but
Mazzei appended the above extract from it at the end of his file copy
of his letter, with the explanation: “Copy of a paragraph in answer
to the above, dated Philadelphia Septr. 9, 1777.” For Lee’s view of
Mazzei’s possible employment abroad, see also these Letters,
11:22 – 23n.3.